3 Day Quote Challenge

3-Days-3-Quotes-ChallengeHappy Friday Eve Y’all! I hope you have had a wonderful day! Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday, it has been a pretty long week!

Sadly, today is the last day of my 3 day quote challenge. I would like to thank the  fabulous Heather and Dizzy https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com and also https://unbreakableyetfragile.com/ for asking me to participate in this challenge. This challenge has been so much fun for me and I hope y’all have enjoyed the quotes I have shared. 

willienelson1My final quote for this challenge is “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson. I love this quote because I am all about positive thinking and do strongly believe it will result in wonderful things! 

 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

On my final day of this challenge, I would like to nominate a few ladies that have great insight and are just all around amazing people! I am really looking forward to reading the quotes y’all have, but please know there is no pressure to participate. I do hope y’all enjoy this challenge as much as I have and find it uplifting!

https://bloggingwithbojana.com/ Bojana

https://msgracefulnot.com/ Grace

https://essexgirllostupnorth.com/ Joanna

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and I hope you enjoyed the previous quotes I shared. I hope you have a great evening and I hope your weekend will start off great! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

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The 3 Day Quote Challenge Day #2

3-day-quote-challenge-22Happy Wednesday! I hope y’all are having a great day! Thankfully we have almost made it through the week!

Today is my second day of the Quote Challenge and I would like to take this opportunity to thank https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com Heather and Dizzy and  https://unbreakableyetfragile.com/  for asking me to participate in this fun quote challenge. I am actually really enjoying this challenge because I really do love a variety of quotes and they all have special meeting to me. 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

careerlesson_starslandamongToday’s quote is “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars.” Les Brown. My grandfather actually said this too me a long time ago before I went to a National Pageant where I was Miss Vermont Teen. This quote has stayed with me all these years later as it is encouraging to never give up, which y’all know I never will give up on anything in life. 

 

 

My fabulous nominees for today are:

http://bethybrightanddark.com/ Bethy

https://hillaryrobyn.com/ Hillary

https://kimc91.wordpress.com/ Kim

I hope today’s nominees enjoy this challenge as much as I am enjoying it, but please know there is absolutely no pressure, I would just love to read some of the quotes that you love because I already know they will be amazing! I hope y’all have a great evening and I hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Fatigue & MS

F_MSI do not know about y’all, but I definitely find myself feeling a lot more fatigue daily! Of course I do get up extremely early for work and I also tend to get up way too early on the weekends as well, but I just can not seem to help it! About noon each day I find I am struggling to keep my eyes open and stay focused on my work, but it does tend to lessen if I take a break and rest. Of course on the weekends I can take a nap if I need to, but unfortunately I think my boss would frown on that if I took a nap at my desk! I guess it is a good thing that I am not working a full day right now and it seems like 6 hours is long enough for me currently. I am sure over time, I will increase my hours again!

Fatigue is one of the most common MS symptoms and occurs in 80% of MS fighters. There have been studies suggesting that changes in the brain caused by MS may require patients to use five times more effort to complete simple tasks than those without MS. MS FatigueFatigue can significantly interfere with the ability to function both at work and home and is one of the primary causes of early departure from the work place.

There are numerous things that can cause sleep disturbances. Bladder dysfunction may result in nighttime awakening, which of course affects our sleep. Nocturnal muscle spasms also can contribute to sleep deprivation. Muscle Spasms are so incredibly infuriating  and in my experience nothing seems to help them! There is another type of fatigue known as lassitude which is unique to those living with MS. Isn’t that nice that researchers are coming up with additional special treatments for us?! Lassitude is a state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy. Researchers are beginning to outline the characteristics of lassitude or “MS Fatigue” to make it different from fatigue that is experienced by those without MS.

  • Typically occurs on a daily basis
  • May occur in the early morning, despite having a restful night’s sleepFatigue & MS
  • Normally worsens as day progresses
  • Aggravated more by heat and humidity
  • Comes on easily and suddenly
  • Generally more intense that normal fatigue
  • Tends to interfere with daily responsibilities

 

What are some ways to manage fatigue?

  • Occupational Therapy can assist to simplify tasks at home and at work
  • Physical Therapy can help learn energy-saving ways of walking and performing daily tasks. Physical therapy can also help develop a regular exercise program
  • Psychological Interventions include stress management, relaxation training and even support groups
  • Heat Management to develop strategies to avoid overheating and to cool down. With summer right around the corner, this is extremely important as all heat does is destroy any energy we may have!

MS Fatigue 2So let me ask y’all a question about fatigue. If you experience this, does it happen daily or sporadically and what do you do about it? Of course I love to write and read, but sometimes I find it hard to stay focused when reading because I get this sudden feeling of horrible fatigue. I am too stubborn though to know it is probably time to close the book and just rest!!

Y’all probably already know I normally do not do two posts a day, but the first one was for the fun challenge and this one is because I had already started it and wanted to be able to read your comments about fatigue. I always appreciate you taking the time to visit my site and I really enjoy reading your thoughts on specific topics. Also, I always respond to all comments as quickly as I can! I hope you had a great day and I hope your evening is nice and relaxing! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

3 Day Quote Challenge

3 Day Quote Challenge Day #1

I would like to thank https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com: Heather and Dizzy and https://unbreakableyetfragile.com  for asking me to join this fun challenge. For anyone that has not visited these blogs, they are definitely worth checking out because they are both fantastic! I love quotes and feel there is so much meaning behind many of them, so I am excited to be participating in this challenge!

life-isnt-about-waiting-for-the-storm-to-pass-it-about-learning-to-dance-in-the-rain-870x714For day one my quote is “Life Isn’t About Waiting For The Storm To Pass, It’s Learning To Dance In The Rain.”

To be completely honest, I have absolutely no idea who came up with this, I just saw it in a while ago and it stuck with me! This quote means something to me because living everyday with Multiple Sclerosis has it’s fair share of challenges, but I have had to learn how to still carry on with my life and enjoy it as much as possible. Y’all know that I am not one that gives up and will never allow this illness to defeat me !

The Rules for the challenge are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

My Lovely and Amazing Nominees Are:

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com/ Toni

https://mswithmsalex.com/ Alex

https://fuckms.ca/ Angela

I hope my nominees will enjoy this fun little challenge. It is something a little different from the normal day-to-day thoughts! I look forward to seeing what quotes stand out to you and the reasons behind them as I am sure they are just as wonderful as each of you!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Dreary Sunday

Well spent SundayGood afternoon Y’all! I hope you have had an incredible weekend! I do believe it is important to live each moment to the fullest, as we do not know what tomorrow may hold for us. I am not saying to dwell on what could happen, but love others and life-like tomorrow does not exist, so there is not anything to regret! No one wants to live with the feeling of regret!

Do y’all do anything special on Sunday in preparation for the week ahead? Is Sunday your day to catch up on rest or get everything done you are not able to do during the week? In the past, I made Sunday my day to get all the cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry done, but now I am making Sunday a day to do things I want, no matter what that is. It may be resting or it may be cleaning, but regardless of what I do, it is not planned like the rest of my week! I think we all need a day that is completely unplanned and definitely not full of chaos. 

Lately I have been once again dealing with some extreme pain and as difficult as it is I am trying to not allow this pain to consume me! It is not easy to fight against the pain, but it does not help matters to give up and sit around crying about it. Tears may fall, but there is no amount of tears that will stop the pain I feel. 

Currently, I have been experiencing something new and I am not sure if it is related to Thoughts arrive like butterfliesthe MS or not. I have lost some of my abilities to taste, which seems a little odd. I did read about this and it can occur due to lesions on the brain. Considering I do not want to think there are new or active lesions, I am choosing to ignore this very mild issue. I am not one that enjoys food, so it does not matter that much! I am just accepting it and moving on!

I have heard from so many people who there must be some kind of special diet I can do for the MS to avoid any new issues. I have to say that is a pretty obnoxious thing to hear so often. In all honesty, there is no special diet that is going to cure MS or prevent further issues from happening. It is very clear for everyone that a well-balanced diet is healthy, but it does not offer a cure for anything! Everyone should already understand that over-eating is not a wise thing to do and will cause weight problems. We can all figure out if anything we eat causes us to feel worse and then we can avoid those specific foods. I am pretty stubborn, so when people are constantly talking to me about what I should eat I do the opposite. My doctors have been on my case for years about what I should weigh, but I hover around the same no matter what I do. I do not normally gain any weight and depending on what I am going through lose weight. Even if according to BMI calculators I am under weight, I feel like I am fine! 

Throughout life we are confronted with so many decisions we have to make. Sometimes we might make the wrong decisions, but that does not mean we have to stop living. I believe that the decisions we make that were not the best choice actually makes us Whispers of your heartstronger. Most of us learn from the bad decisions and hopefully do not make them again. I am a pretty emotional person so most of my decisions come from the heart. However, the bad decisions I make come from  negative feelings and maybe some angry feelings I have! Previously all my decisions surrounding the MS were solely based on fear, but now I am able to make rational and logical decisions about my health care because I educate myself on everything the doctors suggest. I do believe that if we listen more to what our heart is telling us, we will feel happier and more satisfied with life! Our heart knows what is right and wrong! 

Thank you for visiting my site today and I would love to read your thoughts! I learn so much from y’all because you are all so insightful! Most of us are battling with an illness, but we handle it with nothing but grace and strength! Who would have ever thought we had resilience and strength to continue fighting even when we are in so much pain? Not allowing an illness to take control of our daily lives is not easy, but we are all doing it every day and for that we should all be extremely proud! I know this post was a little all over the place, but I had a lot on my mind! I hope the rest of your Sunday is spent doing what makes you smile! A smile can make a big difference in everyone’s life! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Diet with Parkinson’s Disease

april awarenessIt can be so difficult for any of us to find the right diet for any condition we may live with, but it is important to at least try! Diets may contribute a great deal too how our bodies react to the foods we east, so it is best to do all we can to combat any issues!

A common medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease is Levodopa. Levodopa is a protein building block, so it competes for absorption with other proteins. Protein enriched meals reduces the effectiveness of absorbing Levodopa, so it is better to save meat, fish and cheese for dinner time. It is important to take this medication on an empty stomach with 4-5 oz. of water and at least 30 minutes prior to a meal, as this allows the drug to make it to the small intestines and be absorbed faster. However, a carbohydrate snack like crackers, toast or oatmeal can help prevent any nausea the medicine might cause. Iron supplements can decrease absorption of Levodopa, so should be taken separate from medications by at least two hours.

What is the best diet plan for someone with Parkinson’s? Isn’t that the question we all want to know for all illnesses? There really is not a specific diet for those living with Parkinson’s, but a well-balanced and nutritious diet can be very beneficial. A proper diet for anyone will allow our bodies to work more effectively and give us more energy, but a proper diet for those with Parkinson’s can allow their medication to work properly. I have found some good tips that may be helpful:

  • Eat a variety of foods from each good categoryFood Pyramind
  • Maintain healthy weight through a proper balance of diet and exercise. Discovering an exercise regimen that is well tolerated can be difficult, but starting off slow is the best way to start.
  • High-fiber foods such as vegetables, cooked dried beans and peas, whole grain foods, bran, cereals, pasta, rice and fresh fruit.
  • Low in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Limit sugar intake
  • Moderate salt consumption
  • Drink eight oz. glasses of water daily

Ways to control Nausea

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks. Drinks containing sugar may calm stomachs better than other liquids
  • Avoid orange and grapefruit juices because they are very acidic and that can worsen the nausea
  • Drink beverages slowly
  • Eat light, bland food such as saltines or plain bread
  • Avoid fried, greasy or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Eat foods that are either cold or room temperature to avoid any nausea from the smell of foods
  • Rest after eating and keep head elevated
  • If nausea occurs when first awaking in the morning, eat some crackers before getting out of bed or eat a high protein snack before going to bed (lean meat or cheese)
  • If the techniques I have shared do not help the queasy stomach it may be a good idea to share this issue with your doctor and see if they have any other suggestions.

Foods that should be avoided:

  • Cured, fermented or air-dried meats or fish
  • Aged cheeses: Aged cheese, Swiss, Blue cheese and camembert
  • Fermented cabbage: Sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Soy Bean products which includes soy sauce
  • Red Wine and Tap beer

parkinson-imageAfter reading this please remember that I am not a medical professional, I am just wanting to learn as much as I can in order to help those are dealing with this illness. I want to be able to relay as much information to my step father to make his life a little easier as I possibly can! I want him to stay as healthy as possible for as long as he can and if there is something I can do to make this happen, I will!

Thank y’all for visiting my site today. I hope the information I have provided in this post is helpful to either yourself or someone who you know! Like I have said, I have done a lot of research through various web sites including: https://www.michaeljfox.org/understanding-parkinsons and https://www.medicinenet.com/parkinsons_disease_eating_right  Of course there is a lot more information out there, but those two sites have given me a lot of knowledge. I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend and please know how much I appreciate all of your comments! I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can and please if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Anything I do not know the answers to, I will find answers! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort always!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

MS Hug

MS Hug 1Do y’all know what the worst and most unwelcoming hug ever is? The MS Hug is definitely the type of hug none of us really want! It is anything but loving and comforting causing a lot of discomfort and possible pain. The MS Hug is a collection of symptoms that is caused by spasms in the intercostal muscles. The muscles that are involved are located between the ribs. The MS Hug got its “nickname”, so to speak, from the way the pain wraps around the body basically like a hug or a girdle. The involuntary muscle spasms are also referred to as girdling or MS girdling. This not so exciting hug can last anywhere from a few seconds to hours at a time! The good news is the MS Hug does not mean the MS has progressed; it is just having what I refer to as a temper tantrum and will go away!

What exactly does the MS Hug feel like? Like Multiple Sclerosis itself, the MS Hug is very unpredictable and experienced differently by each person. Some that have experienced the MS Hug have pressure around the waist, torso or neck instead of pain. Some people encounter a band of tingling in the waist, torso or neck. Others that experience the MS Hug have a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull widespread aching feeling. During the MS Hug some may also experience a sensation of squeezing, crushing, MS Hugcrawling feelings under the skin, hot or cold burning or even pin and needles.

How is the MS Hug treated? Considering the MS Hug is a result of muscle spasms, the pain that is felt is neurologic in nature. This basically means this is nerve pain which can be difficult to resolve. Believe me I know how frustrating that is to hear, but sadly it is true! I have dealt with the wonderful MS Hug many times and it is never a pleasant hug! Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen are not likely to bring any true relief. According to the National MS Society the drug classes approved to treat the nerve pain from the MS Hug are: antispasticity medications (ex. diazepam), anticonvulsants medications (ex. gabapentin) and antidepressants (ex. amitriptyline). Please remember that I am not a medical professional, I just have personal experience with the MS Hug and this is what was recommended to me previously. 

What are possible triggers of the MS Hug? As with everything else involved with Multiple Sclerosis, triggers vary from person to person. However the most common triggers are: heat, stress and fatigue, all times when the body is not running at 100%. This could be an indication that rest needs to increase, take time to cool off from the heat properly and find ways to de-stress. We all know that excessive heat is very unhealthy and that too much stress is detrimental to all of us!

Ms Hug Information - Updated 4/2/13 : General Discussion - Page 2

Ms Hug Information – Updated 4/2/13 : General Discussion – Page 2 – Top Master Data

My personal experiences with the infamous MS Hug have been limited, but they have happened WAY more than I would have liked! I have actually been dealing with this hug on and off for a few days now, but of course was trying to just ignore it as I always do. I have not done the appropriate things to help heal, like finding ways to de-stress. Of course I know better, but I continue to take on more stress instead of brushing it off! It is so important to know there are somethings in life we have NO control over, so why bother allowing that into our lives? I ask myself that question daily, but yet I do always try to help others that do not seem to appreciate or even really want my help! I guess I will learn my lesson someday! 

Just out of curiosity, have any of you experienced the MS Hug? The name makes it sound so sweet and wonderful, but my goodness it has never been welcomed or enjoyed! I am hoping that considering I am doing what is necessary this hug will go away soon and NOT come back anytime soon. I feel like MS does not understand personal boundaries. Unwelcome and unwanted hugs definitely invades my personal space! 

I sincerely appreciate you visiting my site today! I look forward to any comments you may have and I do promise to respond as quickly as I can. Thank goodness we are half way through the week and the weekend will be here soon! I hope y’all have a great and relaxing evening!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Positive thoughts for Monday!

Monday 1Good evening Y’all! I hope you had a great start to the week! Monday is never the most exciting day of the week, but they keep coming no matter if we are ready or not! I try to view Monday as a fresh start to a new week that holds many new opportunities. Any goals that may not have been accomplished last week, we can try again this week! I believe in never giving up on something we truly want! It is important to set goals, but also not stress much about them as that is not healthy. What ever is not accomplished today, try again tomorrow!

I strongly believe in staying positive as much as possible. A negative frame of mind will never help us achieve anything we strive towards. If we approach everything in life with an optimistic mind, we can conquer anything and everything we dream of. When you think about what your goals are for this week, what are they? These goals do not need to be anything huge, they can be as little as wanting to get a manicure and pedicure, which is what my minor goal for the week is! You might be the type of person that is always taking care of everyone else, but tend to neglect the simple pleasures in life you enjoy. Have you ever wondered why do 1-new-monday-new-week-new-goalswe do that? It is extremely important to take care of ourselves or we will never be well enough to do all the other things we do in life. 

We always hear how short life is, but sometimes it feels very long! It is so important to do the things that bring us joy and a lot of happiness. Have you ever really thought about what brings you the most happiness in life? I think we should all set a simple goal for ourselves this week and that is to do something that makes us truly happy! There is SO much negativity every time you turn on the news, so lets pretend for a moment it is not happening. Let’s not worry about all the bad that is going on and all the bad that could happen and just think happy thoughts! This is what I call my little bubble! 

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and I am looking forward to reading your comments. I always respond to all comments just as quickly as I can! I love the communications we all have! I hope y’all have a great and relaxing evening! I am always sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Early Parkinson’s Disease

parkinson ribbobParkinson’s disease was first discovered in 1817 in London by James Parkinson as a neurological syndrome. In the earlier years Parkinson’s was referred to as “Shaking Palsy”, in which James Parkinson wrote and published an essay about. As the years and research carried on, Parkinson’s disease was coined by William Sanders but then popularized by the same French Neurologist that founded Multiple Sclerosis, Jean Martin-Charcot.

There are numerous signs that a person may display before they are officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. No single one of these signs indicate Parkinson’s, but if more than one signs are showing it might be important to schedule an appointment with a doctor to be able to rule out Parkinson’s.

  1. Tremors while resting.
  • Slight shaking in finger, thumb or chin
  • Shaking can be normal after exercising and or stress. Shaking can occur with certain medications as well. Shaking should stop once you rest after exercising or calm down after being stressed. Shaking from medication should stop once the medication is discontinued.

2. Small Handwriting:

  • When writing letters have become much smaller than it was in the past and cramped together. This condition is referred to as Micrographia.
  • It can be normal for handwriting to change with age or if you have stiff hands or fingers or are dealing with other conditions such as arthritis.

3. Loss of smell:

  • Trouble smelling foods like bananas, dill pickles or licorice.parkinson
  • It is common for smell to change by a cold, flu or stuffy nose, but the smell will return to normal in when situations heal.

4. Trouble sleeping:

  • Thrashing around in bed or acting out dreams while deeply asleep or sudden movements during asleep.
  • We all have nights we toss and turn instead of sleep, but that is common because we do have good nights of sleep. Quick jerks of the body with initiation of sleep or when in a lighter sleep are common.

5. Trouble moving or walking:

  • Stiff feeling in body, arms or legs that does not go away. Your arms do not swing like they use to when walking. Stiffness or pain in shoulders and or hips.
  • It is normal to experience stiffness if there has been an injury to the arms or shoulder, but if there has not been any injury and the sensation does not go away, it is a good idea to speak to a doctor about these issues.

6. Constipation:

  • Straining to move your bowels is very unhealthy.
  • Not having enough water or fiber in your diet and certain medications can lead to constipation, so once you eliminate or correct those factors, the constipation should clear up.

7. Soft or low voice:

  • Significant and noticeable changes in the voice.
  • Chest colds and other viruses can alter the voice, but will go away and voice will return to normal once the illness is gone.

8. Masked Face: Serious, depressed or mad facial expression on face

9. Dizziness or Fainting:

  • Feeling dizzy or fainting regularly when stand up from chair.
  • Dizziness and fainting can be a sign of low blood pressure as well.

10. Stooping or hunching over when standing up and you used to be able to stand up straight.

Just like when I wrote about Multiple Sclerosis, I was pretty shocked on just how long this disease has been around for. I also found it pretty amazing that one of the Neurologists that was researching Parkinson’s Disease also did much research on Multiple Sclerosis. I fully understand that Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis are vastly different, but they are both Neurological issues that affect daily life, so maybe that is one reason I understand my step father as much as I do. When my husband and I are around him, I am very aware of any changes my step father is experiencing. As a strong nature man I know this disease bothers him because he is not able to do all the things he use to do. This man had a strong passion for model airplanes and loved flying them, but hope and cure parkinsonnow due to the shaking finds it difficult to fly the planes. It breaks my heart to see him suffer and I do hope that cure will be founded soon. Being a man that I love and respect, I will never stop being on his support team! There are way too many people around the world that suffer with this disease, but just like my step father they all keep fighting. I try to offer my step father encouraging words and lift his spirits as much as I can because he needs that extra support. I always tell him how well he is doing and that keeping up the battle against Parkinson’s might be difficult, but will pay off in the long run. Sadly, I can completely relate to how he feels fighting a battle that seems impossible, but giving up will never be an option for either of us!

I appreciate y’all visiting my site today and I would love to read your comments. Please stay tuned for more information regarding Parkinson’s Disease as my next post will be about the different symptoms a person may go through after they have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I have found that there are Primary and Secondary Symptoms Parkinson’s warriors may deal with.

I hope y’all have had a lovely and enjoyable weekend! It seems as though the weather is trying to be spring, but has a bad moment from time to time sending chilly weather our way. I hope the rest of your Sunday is relaxing as you prepare for another new week! As always, I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Sunshine Blogger Award!

sunshine-bloggerI have to say that I am beyond grateful and shocked that I have been nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award! Being nominated for an award that recognizes those who are inspirational and positive means more to me that I can even begin to describe! My goals since starting my blog have been to be able to inspire, motivate and encourage others through the positive attitude I try so hard to hold on to! I am so thrilled to see that I do bring some sunshine and happiness to those reading my posts!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

 

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Heartfelt thank you!

I want to send one of the biggest thanks to the amazing Hillary https://hillaryrobyn.com/ for thinking to nominate me for such a fantastic award! Your blog is absolutely wonderful and extremely inspiring! By reading your blog, I have learned how many obstacles you have overcome with so much courage and strength. You are so humble with how much you have achieved in life, which is a great quality to have! It is so obvious how much you love your husband and just how much love he has brought into your life!

Questions & Answers

  1. What is your favorite past time? I have a few past times which include spending time with my husband and beautiful and loving cats! I love watching a good movie with my husband at my side and my cats eight on my lap or laying beside me. Past times also include reading, writing and traveling when I am able to!

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies? If so, what are they? I do have a few hobbies. It is probably pretty obvious that I love to write! Writing helps give me so much perspective on life and how to get through the hard times life throws at me! I also love to read a good book. I think the best authors are James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks and a newer author I discovered from Australia, Kelly Rimmer. If y’all have not checked out Kelly Rimmer, I strongly encourage you to check out her books they are wonderful https://kellyrimmer.com/. 

 

 

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life, personally? My grandfather was one of my biggest inspirations in life. He was so full of love and did not know hate, which is so uncommon in today’s world. I saw so much truth and passion in this man. I have always wanted to do my best to be as much like him as I possibly can because I want to continue making him proud because even though he is watching down from Heaven, he is still watching how I live my life! Honestly, I also think that Kelly Rimmer inspires me with her amazing writing abilities as well! If I could someday be even half the writer she is, I would be very pleased and proud! 

 

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life, professionally? Professionally, I would say the one of my previous managers was my biggest inspiration. Mary Close Hall was my manager for years before and this woman has so much knowledge on how to lead in an ethical and caring way. She taught me more than she will ever know and unfortunately we work for different companies now, but I still compare any manager I have to her, knowing full well they will never compare! Mary always encouraged me and thought that I could accomplish my goals, so I am so thankful for this woman!

 

 

  1. What is your biggest goal in life? My biggest goal in life is to someday be able to write a book. I do have an outline put together for the book I want to write, but just need to take the time to actually do it!

 

  1. Where do you find ideas to write about? I write about things that matter to me and hope they will help others that might be dealing with something similar. I have always written about things that are affecting my life and how I am working through them. I write about things that I want to raise some awareness to and really hope that these topics give others the knowledge that I think is very important!

 

 

  1. What makes you want to write? I have loved to write since I was a child. Writing allows for me to get all the emotions I have, that might be bottled up out of my mind and making life a little more happy and stress-free. I want to be able to help others that might be struggling and I feel that writing about some topics might do just that!

 

  1. When are you at your “best”? I think that I am pretty good at listening to others and do my best to help them through their struggles.

 

 

  1. What motivates you in life? I think what motivates me in life is finding the positive in a bad situation. Life can be very difficult sometimes and I do strongly believe that holding onto negative emotions will hinder the positive light from coming through.

 

  1. Where is your favorite place to write? My favorite place to write is in the comfort and peace of my home. A quiet place to write is ideal, but there are times I have random ideas that I want to elaborate on so I will put those thoughts in a note to self on my phone and work more on those thoughts at a later time.

 

 

  1. How do you handle writer’s block? Writer’s block can be so incredibly frustrating, but I have found that taking a break and doing something else will clear my mind some. Clearing my mind and not putting any pressure on myself to write tends to help the flow a great deal!

 

My Incredible Nominees are:

https://bipolarbrat.wordpress.com/  Casey

http://invisiblyme.com/ Caz

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com/ Toni

https://www.theincurabledreamer.com/ Tanya

http://www.acreativenewmie.com/ Amber

https://lookingforthelight.blog/ Melinda

There are so many more blogs that I would love to be able to nominate because there are so many wonderful people out there, but it would take pages! I am so excited to be able to read the answers of those that I have nominated, but also please do not feel any kind of pressure just have fun with the questions! 

Questions for my Fantastic Nominees Are:

  1. Do you remember the dreams you have at night and if so what was your last dream?
  2. How do you move past your greatest fears in life?
  3. Do you believe in karma? Why or why not?
  4. Who or what keeps you inspired and why?
  5. Do you believe angels are real? Why or why not?
  6. Do you enjoy reading and if so what types of books do you enjoy most?
  7. What is your favorite type of music?
  8. What is your favorite kind of animal?
  9. If you had the ability to fly, would you do so?
  10. What would be your dream place to live?
  11. What has been your best and greatest achievement so far in life?

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I hope you have a great and enjoyable weekend! If you have not already visited the blogs that I have nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award, they are all definitely worth visiting! Also, if you enjoy reading a good book, visiting Kelly Rimmer’s website would be more than worth it! I have read all of her books and NEVER been disappointed. I waited for a long time for her newest book and so far, it is incredible!!! I am always sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa